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Nationwide competition launched to find the future stars of UK engineering

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A nationwide search is being launched today (7 February) to find the next generation of engineering stars in the UK.

The ‘Future of Engineering’ competition, run by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Entrepreneur First, aims to discover and promote the best of the UK’s up and coming leaders in engineering.

The competition is open to student engineers, PhD candidates and junior engineers working within the industry, although applicants do not necessarily have to be reading an engineering-related subject.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of £10,000 to put towards the development of their business or idea, while the runner up will receive £5,000.

In addition to the prize money, both finalists will be given mentoring and advice from some of the most senior and widely respected members of the UK’s engineering community to fast track their ideas from concept to reality.

The closing date for the competition is 31 March 2017. Once all the applications are in, they will be narrowed down to a shortlist of ten by a panel of judges, including Suranga Chandratillake FREng, General Partner of Balderton Capital and Wendy Tan White, General Partner, Entrepreneur First.

The overall winner and runner up will be announced in a closing ceremony, taking place in London at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The event will include keynote speeches and pitching, and all of the shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the gala reception in the evening with their friends and family.

To enter the competition, visit the Future of Engineering site here and submit your information. Applicants will then be asked to provide details on what they hope to achieve in the engineering field and how they plan on using their knowledge and skills to create a product or business that will have a profound and positive global impact.

Speaking about the awards, Zoe Jervier, Global Head of Talent, Entrepreneur First, said, “Our aim through this programme is to stretch the aspirations of individuals already demonstrating engineering excellence and who want to make a much larger impact through technology.”

Suranga Chandratillake, General Partner of Balderton Capital, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal in 2012 said, “The UK’s heritage as an engineering nation is well documented and we believe that there are plenty of young, aspiring engineers throughout the country who have the ability to continue this long proud tradition.”

“Through the ‘Future of Engineering’ competition, we will discover inspirational and innovative young people, whose ideas have the potential to make the world a better place.”

To apply for the Future of Engineering competition, click here.

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